This sock features every rowing motif I could figure out how to knit: rowing shells (quads) on the instep, followed by a ‘wake’ cable pattern. There are oars along either side of the foot, with hatchet blades extending into the heel gusset. A ‘ripple’ cable pattern that flows up the back of the leg extending into the heel flap, and there are two more boats on the front of the leg, finishing with a wavy picot bind-off.

Honestly, it’s a pretty complex pattern: you have two charts going at once. On the other hand, only one stitch at a time moves on all of the cabling, making it easy to do without cable needles, and since it’s only in one color and knitted tow-up, there is no finishing needed except to work in the two yarn ends at the start and finish. One warning: do not do this one in a highly variegated yarn. There’s no point in working all those cables if you can’t even see them!

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This is only the third pattern I’ve ever written up and it’s by far the most complicated. Please do let me know if you spot any flaws or confusing parts!